Crazy to think the last weekend of August is right in front of us. Time flies, and soon enough we’ll need to start wearing jackets again. Yikes! Take some music to enjoy these last gasps of summer. There are some lovely tracks in this set from Junior Boys (covering Bobby Caldwell), McClain Sullivan, Poi Dog Pondering and Postcards From Jeff. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Blackalicious, The Familiar, Foxing, Giraffage & Slow Magic, Keys N Krates, The Mantles, Rival Consoles, Spencer Radcliffe and World’s End Press.
Today is both National Dog Day and Women’s Equality Day, which really combines two of my favorite things. It’s been great seeing so many photos of people with their dogs, along with plenty of positive statements emphasizing the need to eliminate things like pay gaps and other gender discriminatory practices. My only gripe is that this day had to be shared, when each realistically deserves a full day of their own. Of course there are so many “official” holidays over the course of each year that we’ve gotten way out of control. Earlier this month we celebrated Book Lovers Day, Duran Duran Appreciation Day and Annual Medical Checkup Day, all of which feel generally pointless in hindsight. Let’s try and scale it back a bit, okay? Of course four days a week we’ve got Pick Your Poison Day, which is less anything official and more just a way to occupy your time by experiencing new music. Some key tracks in this set of downloads come from Blonde Summer, Hayden Calnin, Holographic Field and Warning Light. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Bossie, Darwin Deez, GRiZ (ft. Eric Bloom), Haybaby, John Roberts, Keep Shelly in Athens (ft. Ocean Hope), Moses Sumney, Yonatan Gat and Ryan Hemsworth’s remix of a Skylar Spence track.
The Tuesday edition of Pick Your Poison for this week features some interesting and fun tracks from the likes of 2/3 Goat, Love Buzzard, Protomartyr and Skrillex & Jauz (ft. Fatman Scoop). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Andrew Hung (of Fuck Buttons), Autre Ne Veut, Four Tet’s remix of the latest CHVRCHES single, Farao, HON, Hurry Up, Small Black, Superchunk with Trail of Dead & Crooked Fingers (covering Bruce Springsteen) and VIDEO.
Can’t believe it’s back to school season already. Seems like summer just started yesterday! Ah, how time flies when you’re having fun. I’m long past school and the carefree days of youth, but somehow near the end of every August, a little part of me feels sad that the seasons are changing and the times spent outside with BBQs and such are slowly coming to an end. Of course fall is a wonderful season too, so sweaters, pumpkin spices and ciders will be in vogue soon enough. If you’re dealing with a case of the back to school blues, I hope today’s Pick Your Poison helps lift your spirit. Enjoy tracks from Lushes, Moa Holmsten, SBCR and Shards. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Angel-Ho, Cash+David (ft. Rome Fortune), Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp, Here We Go Magic, Lanterns on the Lake, Little May, the new Bat for Lashes project Sexwitch, Yumi Zouma and more.
We’ve made it to the final Pick Your Poison of the week, and while there’s still one more weekday to go before you can kick back and relax, the tracks below are here to help kick off the celebrations early. Enjoy downloads from Black International, Charlie Belle, Frank Rabeyrolles and GUIDES. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Childbirth, Korallreven, Kylesa, Leon Vynehall, Naytronix, Phil Cook, Rizzla and Shopping.
Morrissey is a character. I don’t mean that in the sense of how actors portray characters, but more in terms of “a person with a big personality”. He’s consistently given attention less for the music he makes and more for the things he says and does. In the last few years he has kicked opening acts off of his tours for little to no reason, has cancelled many tour dates (eventually citing cancer as his reason for doing so), was dropped by his record label, and a whole host of other things. The man’s a magnet for drama, or at the very least manufactures it himself when there’s none to be found. The reason I bring all this up is because for the first time in nearly a decade Moz sat down in front of a camera for an in-depth interview with Larry King. Lots of topics are covered, including many of his more recent controversial moments, making it definitely worth a watch. You can catch the whole thing right here. Once you’re done with that, enjoy these Pick Your Poison tracks. Notable downloads in this set come from Clones of Clones, Grounders, Stevie B Wolf and Whiskerman. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Diet Cig, Gun Outfit, Jackal, James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg (ironically enough, covering The Smiths), Julien Baker, Madeaux, Sui Zhen and Young Empires, among others.
There are some particularly fun tracks in today’s edition of Pick Your Poison, so I hope you’ll take the time to check them out! Don’t miss downloads from Blonde Summer, Daniel Pearson, Lawrence Trailer and Miss Lauren Pratt. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Baio, Cheatahs, Deafheaven, Destruction Unit, Expert Alterations, Long Beard, Mayer Hawthorne, Monogem (covering The Weeknd) and ODESZA (ft. Little Dragon).
Ah, welcome to the start of another week. It’s never fun getting back to work after a relaxing weekend, but maybe this edition of Pick Your Poison will make it more bearable. Enjoy tracks in this set from Command Q, Connie Constance, Kitty Finer and a remix of a Sia track. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream new songs from Battles, Cold Beat, Gracie, Lemonade (ft. Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls), Neon Indian, Prince Innocence, Summer Twins and more.
If you’re free at all this weekend and are looking for something fun to do, a trip to the movies might be just what the doctor ordered. Sure, you’ve probably been to see a few big summer blockbusters over the last couple of months, but if you’re aching for some air conditioning for a couple of hours, I’d like to throw a recommendation that you don’t miss Straight Outta Compton if it’s playing in your area. The film tells the story of seminal late ’80s/early ’90s hip hop collective N.W.A., who rose to prominence at an important time for race relations in the U.S. It’s got plenty of drama as well as music, which is why I’m bringing it up. Reviews have been very good, so whether you like the music or not there’s definitely a compelling story to be told. Now then, let’s get to today’s Pick Your Poison. Recommended mp3s in this set come from Falling Awake, Noer the Boy, The Persian Leaps and Tree Machines. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from All Dogs, helen, Janelle Monae & The Wondaland, King Khan, Kisses, Raw Fabrics, Timmy’s Organism and Wax Motif.
If you’re a fan of the infinite wonder that is outer space, and who among us isn’t, make sure you get outside for a bit this evening as the Perseid Meteor Shower will be in full effect. If the skies are clear over your neck of the woods, there should be a dazzling show taking place as meteors streak across the vast expanse. Because it also happens to be a new moon, things should be brighter and more active than they have been the last several years. Find the darkest open area in your neighborhood, spread out on the ground and take it all in. Once you’re done with that, check out today’s Pick Your Poison, which features tracks from Babes, Chance the Rapper & Noname Gypsy, Jacuzzi Boys and Thayer Sarrano. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from CocoRosie, Destroyer, Kenton Slash Demon, Sego, Sun Drug, TOWER, Wavves and Young Rival, among others.
Another day, another healthy dose of Pick Your Poison. You’ll want to make sure to check out downloads in this set from Last Good Tooth, Natasha Alexander, Patrick James and Shabazz Palaces. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from AFX (aka Aphex Twin), Amy Bezarnutea, Express Rising, Grandtheft & Sleepy Tom, iHeart Memphis, Kevin Morby, Lionlimb, Monika and Painted Palms.
Hope you had a great weekend! Pick Your Poison is back in style for a hot off the presses Monday edition. You’ll not want to miss downloads from Kero Kero Bonito, Liz Brennan, Sun Cut Flat and The World of Dust. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from The Dear Hunter, Doe Paoro, D.R.A.M. (ft. Donnie Trumpet), Frog Eyes, James Vincent McMorrow, Joan Shelley, Kiiara, Media Jeweler and The Most Serene Republic.
The final Pick Your Poison for the week features some excellent downloads from artists such as Forest of Tongue, Martin Courtney (of Real Estate), My Dead Air and Sydney Eloise & the Palms. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Ezra Furman (covering LCD Soundsystem), Jamie Woon, Kraak & Smaak, Pony Boy, Potty Mouth, Tijuana Panthers, Widowspeak and Young, among others.
Hip hop fans, if you haven’t heard then I’m here to let you know: Lil B and Chance the Rapper released a collaborative mixtape today. You can download the opening track “Last Dance” below, but if you’d like the whole Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) for…free, simply follow this link. As for the rest of this edition of Pick Your Poison, don’t miss downloads from Absinthe Rose, Dylan Fox and the Wave, Lucas James and Sofia B (covering Years & Years). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Beach Slang, Briana Marela, Drake, jj, Lou Barlow, Ryan Hemsworth, The Ukiah Drag, With You. (ft. Vince Staples) and Wolf Eyes.
Your Tuesday collection of fresh downloads and streams is here for your ears to consume at your leisure. Enjoy tracks from Dom Dias, Kinsey, The October Solution, Split Screens and Western Haunts. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Avenue (ft. Tokyo Police Club), Escort, Fresh Snow (ft. Carmen Elle), Julio Bashmore, King Midas SOund & Fennesz, Mercury Rev, The Road Chief and Steven A. Clark.